Committees & Forums

Much of MHCA's work is carried out through its committees and forums.  Members find that participating in these groups affords them opportunities for learning and networking as they contribute personally to the continued growth and development of MHCA. Standing Committees oversee the central and ongoing business of the organization; Forums examine topics of critical and timely concern and are open to participation by all members;  Task Forces carry out specific projects identified and supported by the membership at large but are usually limited to an appointed core of members.


Instructions: (For MHCA members only) Please click on a committee or forum  name to visit that site.

 

These Standing Committees perform duties as implied by their names and are made up of appointed officers and members.

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From MHCA's inception, members have recognized that the ever-changing health environment makes it crucial for them to focus on "what’s ahead for behavioral health service providers." This Forum makes every effort to prepare MHCA members for the future. Operating as a "think tank", it focuses on identifying and anticipating issues and opportunities for tomorrow's community behavioral health center.

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MHCA, in preparation for national healthcare reform, appointed a member-driven work group in May, 2011 to study trends, assess member readiness, and identify resources to maximize members’ understanding of and participation in effective reform. The work group met again in August, 2011, and conference forums specific to healthcare reform were held throughout the year. In November, 2011 MHCA contracted with Criterion Health as a consultant to the process. At that time the work group was officially recognized as the MHCA Healthcare Reform Advisory Committee answerable to the MHCA Board of Directors. Membership in the Committee was formalized, and it was agreed that throughout 2012 and beyond, pertinent healthcare reform forums will be held at our quarterly conferences to showcase informed speakers and strategic member activities. The Committee will meet at least quarterly and additionally on an as-needed basis.

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Information & Technology Committee members perform the valuable function of analyzing and recommending information systems for use by member centers. Another of its responsibilities is to ensure effective communication; in this effort, the committee has championed MHCA's Internet presence through development of the Association's website.  The committee meets as a Forum and encourages wide participation.

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This Committee was formed to explore issues such as: expansion into global markets, international branding, boundaryless products and services, etc.

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Participants explore issues, goals and strategies to enhance the corporate identity and maximize the development capabilities of MHCA members. The solid reputation of our members serves as an excellent basis for MHCA's corporate brand. MHCA seeks to expand our shared recognition in order to further members' reach within and beyond their communities.

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This Ad Hoc Committee has developed membership criteria and a formal recruitment process. It meets as needed to review membership retention and recruitment and to consider issues dealing with membership. The committee supports guest and new member orientation (held at each quarterly conference).

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This Forum’s objective is to identify and analyze present trends and issues related to behavioral healthcare and to communicate these to the MHCA membership. MHCA members are encouraged to share their experiences with the larger membership.

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This Standing Committee provides oversight and establishes the process for nominations and elections for the MHCA Board of Directors. It also presents a slate for election of the officers of the Corporation.

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Members provide important guidance on outcome measures and trends pertaining to behavioral health research as well as quality improvement initiatives. MHCA members are encouraged to submit information to the committee's Accreditation Surveyor Report Card (an accreditation review data bank, which is available for members prior to their own site visits). In the report card, you will find contact information on JCAHO surveyors and CARF surveyors.  The committee provides oversight for MHCA's benchmarking tools that measure a complete array of excellence indicators including clinical access, staffing patters, financial and performance standards.  A nationally used Customer Satisfaction Management System was developed by the group and is marketed by MHCA to members and others in the behavioral healthcare industry. An MHCA National Data Center performs analysis and provides reports on the customer satisfaction instruments.

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Based on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Quality Chasm report (2001) and their study on improving health care for mental and substance use conditions (2006), the Quality Improvement Collaborative is an initiative to build QI capacity, improve performance and promote transformational change in mental health service delivery systems.

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